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5 aRebuke not ban elder, but intreat him as a father; and bbthe younger men as brethren; 2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all cpurity. 3 Honour widows dthat are widows indeed. 4 But if any widow have children or enephews, let them learn first fto shew ||piety at home, and to requite their parents: gfor that is good and acceptable before God. 5 Now dshe that is a widow indeed, and desolate, htrusteth in God, and icontinueth in supplications and prayers jnight and day. 6 But she that liveth ||in pleasure kis dead while she liveth. 7 And lthese things give in charge, that they may be mblameless. 8 But if any provide not for nhis own, and specially for othose of his own ||house, he hath pdenied the faith, and is worse than qan infidel. 9 Let not a widow be ||taken into the number under threescore years old, rhaving been the wife of one man, 10 sWell reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have tlodged strangers, if she have uwashed the saints’ feet, if she have vrelieved the afflicted, if she have wdiligently followed every xgood work. 11 But the younger widows yrefuse: for when they have begun to zwax wanton against Christ, athey will marry; 12 Having damnation, because they have bcast off their first faith. 13 And withal they learn to be idle, cwandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but dtattlers also and ebusybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 14 I will therefore fthat the younger women marry, bear children, gguide the house, hgive none ioccasion to the adversary †to speak reproachfully. 15 For some are already jturned aside after kSatan. 16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them lrelieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may lrelieve mthem that are widows indeed.
17 Let nthe elders othat rule well pbe counted worthy of qdouble rhonour, especially they who labour in the word and sdoctrine. 18 For tthe scripture saith, uThou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, wThe labourer is worthy of his reward. 19 Against nan elder receive not an accusation, but ||xbefore two or three witnesses. 20 Them that sin yrebuke zbefore all, athat others also may fear. 21 bcI charge thee cbefore God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things ||without preferring one before another, ddoing nothing by partiality. 22 eLay hands eesuddenly on no man, neither fbe partaker of other men’s sins: gkeep thyself pure. 23 Drink no longer water, but use ha little wine ifor thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. 24 Some men’s jsins are kopen beforehand, lgoing before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 25 Likewise also the good works of some are kmanifest beforehand; and mthey that are otherwise cannot be hid.
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